Arts & Culture, Discovery

Fall at Boone Hall Is Calling Your Name

Located just eight miles from downtown Charleston is one of America’s oldest working plantations. On the National Register of Historic Places, Boone Hall Plantation is famous for its three-quarter mile lined avenue of oaks dating back to 1743. The 90 live oaks create an enchanting canopy leading to the plantation’s main building. Bordering the avenue of oaks are nine original slave cabins, which housed servants and skilled craftsmen. This cluster of cabins, known as Slave Street, is one of the few remaining intact in the Southeast and the only brick slave street in the U.S. Touted as “America’s Most Photographed Plantation,” Boone Hall was established in 1681 by Major John Boone and is located just north of Charleston in Mount Pleasant, SC. The present Colonial Revival-style house dates back to 1935, and combined with the lawns and gardens, provides the perfect stage for many popular seasonal events.
During the month of October, Boone Hall Farm hosts its annual Pumpkin Patch. After finding the perfect pumpkin, try to make your way through the 8-acre corn maze for some great, family fun. It is open from 9am until 6pm Monday through Saturday and from 11am to 6pm on Sunday.

Also, there are plenty of thrills to go around during Boone Hall’s Fright Nights. Featuring four frightening attractions, Fright Nights promises to continue its tradition of Halloween horrors. Attractions include the The Farmhouse, The Clearing, The Corn, and The Woods.  The fun continues through the end of October.

 

On Sunday, December 2nd from 1pm to 5pm, Boone Hall will be hosting “Wine Under the Oaks”. At this casual and elegant affair, food samples will be provided by a diverse group of some of the Lowcountry’s finest restaurants. The event will also provide the opportunity for holiday shopping with retail vendors offering a unique selection of gift ideas. The Plantation will be decorated in holiday décor, and it is the perfect way to kick-off the holiday season.

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Discovery

The Cooler Side of Charleston

Summer in Charleston brings beautiful sunny, blue skies, along with high temperatures. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to stay cool and take in the sights of the Lowcountry, whether it is visiting one of Charleston’s beautiful surrounding beaches, taking the family to an adventurous water park or indoor attraction or retreating to our rooftop pool.

Located just 15 minutes from historic downtown Charleston, Folly Beach offers the biggest surf in Charleston. Enjoy six miles of beach, as well as a picnic area, marina, and several small shops and restaurants. Across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge towards Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island provide a laid-back and family-friendly atmosphere. Also the site for Fort Moultrie National Park, Sullivan’s Island is a wonderful spot for historic tours of the famed Civil War battlegrounds.

For the golf enthusiast, try the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, home to the 2012 PGA Championship. There are several golf courses in the Charleston area, designed by legendary golf course architects including Pete Dye, Gary Player, Tom Fazio, and Jack Nicklaus. Request an early tee time to enjoy the cool morning breeze and save time to enjoy the picturesque beaches.

Visitors of all ages can enjoy Charleston’s several water parks including, Splash Island Waterpark and Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark. Or take the family on a stroll through historic downtown Charleston to Waterfront Park where you can find shaded park swings and water fountains perfect for children to splash and play.

For an indoor adventure, retreat to the South Carolina Aquarium and check out the a new exhibit.

Visitors interested in enjoying a cool meal can retreat to Belmond Charleston Place, for breakfast in the shaded courtyard at the Palmetto Cafe or lunch while lounging at the covered, rooftop infinity pool. These are just a few of the many ways to keep you and your family cool during your visit to Charleston.

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Arts & Culture

Oh Lord, Here Comes Summer in Charleston

Summer in Charleston sort of hangs on you like a wet blanket—a very nice and elaborate blanket, but one nonetheless. And that’s the way we like it. The heat and humidity are a given. When asked by visitors if it’s always this hot, locals reply with the standard, “Oh, you should have been here last week.”

The trick to surviving a Charleston summer is in how you dress and what you drink. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Cotton. Sure, those new highfalutin fabrics are nice. Names so fancy they take five syllables, but nothing wicks moisture off your skin and is as soft as cotton.

2. Seersucker. A staple. Shorts, shirts, dresses, suits, you name it. Puckered cotton means less fabric is touching your skin.

3. Pimm’s Cup. Yes, it’s a British concoction and your pals will be asking you rules to the polo club they think you’ve joined, but it’s all good. While they conjure witty banter, you’ll be as cool as a cucumber.

4. Planter’s Punch. Some say it’s Charleston’s first cocktail. We’ll say you can’t go wrong with its simplicity. Rum, sugar and citrus.

Like we said, these are just to get you started. We can’t give you everything. And no, the summers actually aren’t that bad. With a steady breeze, the aroma of salt in the air, and towering live Oaks, fresh is close and hot stays at bay. Of course, you should have been here last week.

What would you add to the list we’ve started? Let us know what tips you have in your arsenal to keep cool in Charleston’s summer.

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